Gemma Curry is an actress, storyteller & theatre maker. After over 15 years experience in theatre she started her own professional touring theatre company, Hedgepig Theatre. As her family own grew so did her company, as Hedgepig added a children’s company, Hoglets – Theatre fun for little folks.
Over the last 5years Hoglets has been running storytelling and theatre workshops for babies, toddlers and primary age children, and this year saw the production of their first children’s play The Sleep Pirates.
In this episode we discuss how to tell better stories, about diving in and having an open approach to learning new skills, and about whether children get enough exposure to the arts.
David Jarman (@JarmanPoetry) is a poet, playwright and songwriter, currently working on a solo show called “Made of Nowhere” to be produced in autumn 2018. This time last year he was Poet in Residence at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, he’s an associate artist at both Say Owt and Common Ground Theatre, and as a playwright has written re-imaginings of Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, which have been performed at York Theatre Royal and Bolton Abbey Estate.
In this episode we chat about the juggling act of working across multiple mediums, his advice on dealing with creative burnout, and how having other people in the room pushes you forward to finish your work.
Drew Wintie-Hawkins is the Co-Director of York Dance Space, an arts organisation set up to develop dance across York and North Yorkshire. With a background as a performer he takes a hands on approach to developing learning programmes in dance, supporting the development of professional artists across the region.
In this episode we chat about the risks he and his wife Hannah took in setting up their own place, how skills learnt in dance can be used both in education and in wider life, and how getting out of your bubble and collaborating with other organisations will improve your art, as well the community as a whole.
Jamie McKeller is a film writer, director and editor, with a background in theatre acting. Over the last six years he has created three award winning web series, as well as a heap of short films, under his company RedShirt Films.
In this episode we chat about the his first feature film Chestersberg, including the focus needed to stay on track during long projects, why he loves the horror comedy genre and the creativity it brings, and his practical tips for making films on a budget.
Tom ‘Strasz’ Straszewski is a theatre director and writer, and is the pageant master for this years York Mystery Plays.
We discuss what that role involves, the importance of guilds in our city and the community benefits they bring, his theatre company Bronzehead Theatre and how they explore site sensitive pieces, and the huge variety of tasks artistic directors take on to bring projects to life.